Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

Articles by Erica Larson

Optimizing Dressage Horses' Bodies for Peak Performance

From feeding and training to shoeing and warm-up protocols, learn how to keep your dressage horse fit to perform. Read More

WNV Confirmed in Jefferson County, Oregon, Horse

Bend Equine Medical Center reported that it has confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse residing in Culver. Read More

Vesicular Stomatitis: What You Need to Know

Since May, more than 300 premises in the United States have been quarantined due to VS. Read More

Understanding Your Horse's 'Engine' During Exercise

Your horse's heart and respiratory system work hard to power his every stride. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Bute, Firocoxib Compared for Alleviating Hoof Lameness

While Bute was more effective at label dose, one vet says new dosing firocoxib recommendations could impact the results. Read More

Lessons Learned about Equine Welfare

There are no easy answers regarding equine welfare. One vet shares what he's learned from being involved in the issue. Read More

Strangles Signs, Risk Factors, and Complications Evaluated

Classic clinical signs alone aren't the only ones that should prompt a strangles test, researchers learned. Read More

EEE Confirmed in Eastern Ontario Horse

The 12-year old unvaccinated gelding was euthanized after developing fever and neurologic signs. Read More

FEI Tribunal Clears Paget in Doping Scandal

The tribunal said Jock Paget's horse tested positive for reserpine after consuming a contaminated supplement. Read More

Escambia County, Florida, Horse Euthanized due to EEE

The unvaccinated horse was recently euthanized after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Read More

Two Navajo Nation Horses Test Positive for WNV

The Navajo Nation Veterinary and Livestock Program said two neurologic horses tested positive on July 25. Read More

Risk Factors for EIPH in Australian Racehorses Studied

Researchers identified longer race distances, low ambient temperatures, and bar shoes as EIPH risk factors. Read More

Novel Hepatitis Viruses in Horses Reviewed

Find out what researchers know and what they don't about the three recently described hepatitis viruses. Read More

Clenbuterol's Impact on Horses' Body Fat Percentage

Researchers found that clenbuterol reduced body fat percentage in both resting and working horses. Read More

Equine Infectious Disease Outbreak Response 101

Remember these steps if an outbreak occurs, regardless of what disease you're facing. Read More

What is SAA, and Why is it Important to Equine Medicine?

Here's what you need to know about SAA, a biomarker veterinarians are using to detect inflammation in horses. Read More

Equine Lyme Neuroborreliosis: What We Know, What We Don't

This potentially deadly condition is difficult to diagnose, treat, and study. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Can Fecal Albumin Tests Identify Equine Parasite Burdens?

Horses feces are significantly more likely to contain albumin prior to deworming than after, researchers say. Read More

Could MRI Help Identify Early-Stage PPID?

Researchers found that MRI can effectively show pituitary gland and pars intermedia size and other details. Read More

Show Jumping Great Sapphire Dies of Colic Complications

McLain Ward's legendary show jumping mount Sapphire has died. The Belgian Warmblood mare was 19. Read More

Knottenbelt: Fecal Blood Test Opening Diagnostic Doors

Learn how one vet believes the test can help improve diagnostics for a number of horse health conditions. Read More

HERDA's Impact on Tendons, Blood Vessels Studied

Researchers examined whether HERDA could affect tissues with high Type 1 collagen levels, such as tendons. Read More

EHV-1 Confirmed at Manitoba, Canada, Racetrack

Only one horse has shown signs of the virus and no other horses have been affected, officials say. Read More

Vaccines for all Ages

Horses at different life stages have variable vaccine needs, but they're not as complicated as they seem. Read More

Researchers Study SDF Tendonitis in Cutting Horses

Researchers found that 82% of affected cutting horses returned to their previous level of work. Read More